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[F1(1)The Secretary of State shall report on the operation of—
(a)the agreement mentioned in section 1(1), and
(b)so much of this Act as amends the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (c. 47).
(2)The first report under this section shall be in respect of the period of twelve months beginning with the passing of this Act.
(3)Subsequent reports under this section shall be in respect of the period of twelve months beginning with the end of the previous reporting period.
(4)Each report under this section shall be prepared as soon as practicable after the end of the period to which it relates.
(5)A report under this section shall include any additional information which the Secretary of State thinks it appropriate for the report to include.
(6)The Secretary of State shall—
(a)lay a copy of each report under this section before each House of Parliament, and
(b)publish each such report in such manner as he thinks fit.]
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